Imagine me, almost 30, tearing up as I watch “The Hair Switch Project”, which is the title of Disney Channel’s Sydney To The Max season 3 episode 9.
Like … I’m too old for this man!
DMOC partnered with Disney Channel to host a special event for our community and their friends. So we all got to watch the episode before it premieres on Friday. Then we got to attend a Q&A with a few of the cast members and the writer.
If you missed out, I’m gon’ need you to follow DMOC on Facebook and Twitter. That way you don’t miss any more events because this one was special! (And if you’re a Disney mom of color join our private Facebook group here.)
Anywho … back to how I’m a big baby and how this kids show almost made me cry!
“The Hair Switch Project” episode almost made me cry because it was really special! Especially for us Black girls, young and old! Here’s why …
Why Sydney To The Max Season 3 Episode 9 Is So Special For Black Girls
Long story short … “The Hair Switch Project” discusses “Black hair” and why it’s beautiful. That’s WHY it’s so special!
As a Black mom, with a Black daughter, I had no idea watching a Disney Channel show discuss our hair would make me so damn emotional! In a world that teaches us that our hair isn’t manageable or professional, and so forth, this episode seriously pulled on my heart strings.
So shout out to Disney for actually creating this episode!
Our little girls need as many reminders as possible that their hair is amazing, because there are still people in the world who will tell them it’s not!
Even more amazing, this episode was written by a Black woman (Kourtney Richard) pictured above. Kourtney clearly took her time with this one! It was written so damn well! I literally was stunned after watching this episode!
I’ll share more about our convo with Cassidy Fralin, Ruth Righi, Carlease Burke and Kourtney Richard, moderated by my good friend Amiyrah Martin, (who’s also the Founder of the Disney Moms of Color community), soon. But until then, please make sure you watch this episode!
Even if you’re not Black, not only is the show great for kids, you’ll also learn a few things about being a great ally and how you can help support kids of color when you’re not a person of color (as the show’s main character’s dad did).
More About Sydney To The Max Season 3 Episode 9
Disney Channel’s popular daughter/father comedy “Sydney to the Max,” starring actress and musician Ruth Righi as outgoing middle schooler Sydney Reynolds, explores the beauty and complexities of Black hair in a new episode premiering FRIDAY, APRIL 30 (8:25 p.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW.
In the new episode, Sydney begins to question her straight hairstyle after her classmate Jada suggests that she try wearing her hair naturally sometimes.
This sends Sydney on a hair journey tied to her cultural identity and memories of her late mom, Alisha. Her dad Max tries to help, but Sydney is still at a loss and calls on her grandmother Maya.
Back in the ’90s, young Alisha is faced with a different hair dilemma when school picture day rolls around, and her mom has booked a salon appointment for her to get a relaxer. Alisha doesn’t know what to do because she loves her naturally coifed hair and feels like she loses a piece of herself every time she gets it straightened.
Geared for Kids 6-11 and their families, “The Hair Switch Project” was written by Kourtney Richard and directed by Morenike Joela.